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Sport Not-household-name players get All-Star votes from NBA peers

05:10  20 january  2018
05:10  20 january  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Some players many fans may not recognize got All - Star starter votes from their NBA peers _ or maybe themselves. Yet somehow, someone in an NBA locker room apparently thought they should start in this year's All - Star Game. Only 10 players will start in Los Angeles on Feb.

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Semi Ojeleye, Cedi Osman and Royce O'Neale have never started in an NBA game. Cameron Payne last played in April. Matt Costello has scored two points in his NBA career.

They're not stars.

Yet somehow, someone in an NBA locker room apparently thought they should start in this year's All-Star Game.

Only 10 players will start in Los Angeles on Feb. 18, but 249 players - roughly half the league - were listed on at least one ballot in the player portion of the All-Star selection process. And while some of the results might suggest not everyone took it seriously, making the list seemed to leave Philadelphia's Amir Johnson genuinely moved.

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All - Star balloting is broken up into three parts: Fan voting counts for 50 percent, media voting 25 percent and player voting the final 25 percent. Golden State’s Draymond Green got the second-most votes from fans who voted for Western Conference frontcourt players .

Some NBA players apparently aren't taking their voting responsibility seriously. It's that last contingent that gets a little tricky. Here's a look at some of the most absurd names that received All - Star votes from their fellow players , starting with some you might recognize.

''That's pretty cool, man,'' Johnson said Thursday night when told that he got a vote. ''That shows you how together we are. ... It's just everybody against the world. It's us against everybody.''

So guys like Ojeleye, Osman, O'Neale, Payne and Costello all got a vote from at least one player. Andre Iguodala, a recent NBA Finals MVP, did not.

The league is trying a new format for the All-Star Game this season, using captains to pick the rosters. LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the leading overall vote-getters from each conference , will pick their teams next week in a draft that isn't slated to be televised. It's part of the way the NBA is trying to make the game more competitive and relevant.

Players seem to have fun with the league's process.

''I'm not sure who voted, but put it out there - whoever voted for me, I really appreciate it,'' said 76ers guard T.J. McConnell, the proud recipient of two starter votes from players.

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A while back the NBA decided that in order to get a more accurate representation of deserving players in the All - Star Game, they should weaken the power of the fan vote , and allow Here's a selection of some of the most surprising names to receive votes from fellow players and/or themselves.

The NBA based their formula not on the actual votes , but on how players ranked among their peers . Davis player votes : 136 — rank: 3 George player votes Fan votes are worth 50 percent of the vote , with the remaining 50 percent split between player and media votes . The league lists the formula that

All-Star balloting is broken up into three parts: Fan voting counts for 50 percent, media voting 25 percent and player voting the final 25 percent. Ballots are counted, then weighted, and from there the starters are picked. And it's important to note that what the majority of the players picked was largely in line with the results of fan and media balloting.

Players could vote for themselves. Since Johnson didn't know he got a vote, it would be reasonable to think he didn't go that route.

''I think it's dope,'' Johnson said after Philadelphia beat Boston. ''Players do recognize who's doing well, who's improving around the league. You know, and it's pretty awesome to see.''

Of the 249 players who got a starter vote, more than half - 53 percent - appeared on no more than two ballots cast.

And 249 players getting at least one vote from their peers as a starter sounds like a lot, it is, but that total is also down a bit from last season when 283 players got onto ballots.

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– Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas got four votes from his own teammates. Other stars with no Twitter support from their peers (not counting retweets) were Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Anthony Davis – Caron Butler voted for 14 different players , being by far the most engaged in the All - Star Twitter vote .

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Some other notes on the All-Star voting:

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THE CASE FOR MANU

Much like Dwyane Wade last year, if these were olden times - of two years ago - San Antonio's Manu Ginobili would be starting the All-Star Game.

Ginobili was second in the fan balloting among Western Conference guards, behind only Golden State's Stephen Curry. Ginobili ranked eighth in player votes, and did not appear on any media ballots.

In this new system, with those things weighted and then factored together, Ginobili finished fourth overall in the West guard race behind only Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

Ginobili is a two-time All-Star, with appearances in 2005 and 2011.

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Golden State's Draymond Green got the second-most votes from fans who voted for Western Conference frontcourt players. But Green isn't an All-Star starter, because he finished sixth in the media vote and seventh in the player vote.

''Disappointing, for sure,'' Curry told reporters after the numbers were released Thursday night.

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Antetokounmpo, an NBA All - Star starter in each of the previous three seasons, is the top vote -getter among all The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference will be named NBA All - Star Voting presented by Google began on Dec. 25 and runs until Monday, Jan.

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But it's a global game, with global voting, and it's likely that he got some social-media help from basketball fans in his homeland of China. He finished 21st overall in the Western Conference frontcourt fan balloting.

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HAYWARD TRIBUTE

Boston's Gordon Hayward, whose season was derailed when he broke his ankle five minutes into the Celtics' season-opener at Cleveland, wasn't forgotten. He was picked as a starter on two player ballots, and finished 16th in the fan voting among Eastern Conference frontcourt players.

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MEDIA VOTING

A total of 99 media members invited by the league to participate returned ballots. Cleveland's LeBron James and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo were the only players to appear on all of their ballots, while Golden State's Kevin Durant was on 98, Boston's Kyrie Irving was on 96 and Houston's James Harden was on 94.

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Associated Press Writers Doug Alden and Gethin Coolbaugh in Boston contributed to this report.

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